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Can you become addicted to pot? This gene increases your risk.

Karen Weintraub | 
Danish researchers have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk for cannabis use disorder. About 10 ...
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Why scientists are hesitant to declare a species extinct

John Platt | 
If so many species are going extinct, why don’t we hear about new extinctions every day?  The answer to that ...
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Electrical ‘brain ripples’ could boost memory for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients

Simon Makin | 
Specific patterns of brain activity are thought to underlie specific processes or computations important for various mental faculties, such as ...
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Are people with ADHD really more creative than the rest of us?

Caterina Gawrilow, Sara Goudarzi | 
Those affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are clinically thought of as inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. However, people with ...
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Electronic paternity tests and other bad ideas before the dawn of the DNA era

Nara Milanich | 
In the first decades of the 20th century, scientists around the world proposed a fantastic array of new methods to ...
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These dietary supplements could slow your aging. But they might also increase your cancer risk.

Helen Shen | 
As the world’s aging population grows rapidly, so has its appetite for health tips, tricks and products that could help ...
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Attacking cancer tumors with next generation CAR-T cell therapies

Rafael Amado | 
In 2017, the first immuno-oncology cell therapies, known as chimeric antigen receptor T cells, or CAR T, were approved by the ...
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Do creative minds draw inspiration from a special place in the brain?

Knvul Sheikh | 
By using the dorsomedial part of what scientists refer to as the brain’s “default network,” creative people can stretch their ...
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Do we really seek partners who look like our parents?

Martin Gründl, Sara Goudarzi | 
Time and again, we’ve heard the assertion that we’re attracted to partners who look like our parents. … An example ...
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FDA cracking down on unregulated dietary supplements, which it contends are almost all ineffective

Monica Reinagel | 
The FDA recently announced that it plans to increase its oversight of the multi-billion dollar supplement industry. This would include ...
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A single ‘live’ vaccine could fortify immune systems against measles and other diseases

Melinda Moyer | 
Maria was eligible to participate in a clinical trial to test whether an extra dose of measles vaccine prevented not ...
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Pesticide-focused Save America’s Pollinators Act overlooks primary threats to bees and other pollinators

Ian Graber-Stiehl | 
Amid the continuing decline of pollinators worldwide, U.S. lawmakers recently revived a perennially struggling bill that aims to save these ...
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There’s something in elderly blood that hurts our brains. Is this protein the culprit?

Simon Makin | 
Something in elderly blood is bad for brains. Plasma from old mice or humans worsens cognition and biological indicators of ...
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Women are freezing their eggs for use later. Will they be viable when thawed?

Liza Mundy | 
Because eggs are one of the most important factors in female fertility, and both their quality and quantity declines with ...
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Unintended benefits of ‘the pill’: Fewer mood swings and better relationships?

Tenille Taggart | 
I was intrigued to learn that taking birth control pills could reduce period-related mood swings and that it had other beneficial effects ...
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Viewpoint: AI may boost our diagnostic abilities, but it’s not ready to replace human doctors

Elisha Waldman | 
I read a recent article in Nature Medicine about new inroads in deploying artificial intelligence (AI) in pediatrics. In the article, researchers ...
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Does LSD microdosing change how people see the world?

Sam Rose | 
You’ve probably heard about microdosing, the “productivity hack” popular among Silicon Valley engineers and business leaders. Microdosers take regular small doses of LSD ...
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When culture clashes with science: Teaching evolution to Tibetan monks

David Westmoreland | 
“We believe that we came into existence when an ogress mated with a monkey. Is that possible?” The question comes ...
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Brain sync studies could lead to better connections between patients and therapists

Lydia Denworth | 
A growing cadre of neuroscientists is using sophisticated technology ... to capture what happens in one brain, two brains, or ...
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Ketamine for depression—what we know about how it changes the brain

Simon Makin | 
The FDA's approval [of ketamine for depression] marks the first genuinely new type of psychiatric drug—for any condition—to be brought ...
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‘Crystal ball’ for disease? Genetic tests could predict risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer

Leo Sugrue, Rahul Desikan | 
If a crystal ball could reveal your personal risk for developing heart disease or breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, would ...
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Treating OCD and other anxiety disorders with brief, intensive therapy

Claudia Wallis | 
For nearly 20 years [Thomas] Ollendick has been testing briefer, more intensive forms of [cognitive-behavioral therapy] for childhood anxiety disorders ...
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Restoring sense of smell with a brain implant

Karen Weintraub | 
After a concussion left [Scott] Moorehead without a sense of smell six years ago, these losses were all he could ...
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‘Glioblastoma-on-a-chip’ could boost efforts to treat deadliest human cancer

Bret Stetka | 
The most common form of malignant brain cancer—called a glioblastoma—is notoriously wily and considered the deadliest human cancer. … [R]esearchers ...
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Why we need to get better at analyzing all of that disease data we’ve been collecting

Sara Del Valle | 
Our ability to collect data far outpaces our ability to fully utilize it—yet those data may hold the key to ...
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Can ‘flashing light and pulsing sounds’ counter the effects of Alzheimer’s?

Angus Chen | 
Bathing patients in flashing light and pulsing sounds both tuned to a frequency of 40 hertz might reverse key signs ...
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Conservation genomics: Better understanding of DNA could save some species from extinction

Jonas Korlach | 
Disease, predators and shrinking habitats led to a complete loss of Hawaii’s only remaining lineage of the crow family, the ...
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Vulnerability to mental illness may have given humans an evolutionary advantage

Dana Smith | 
Nearly one in five Americans currently suffers from a mental illness, and roughly half of us will be diagnosed with ...